The next time Joe Dumais goes to Princeton, it will still be as a member of the Union College hockey coaching staff.
Dumais didn’t get the vacant Tigers’ head coaching job. Princeton named former Colgate player Ron Fogarty as its new coach on Tuesday.
Dumais was one of five finalists for the Princeton job. He has consistently declined to comment on his interest in the job, and he continued that policy Tuesday. However, several sources indicated that he had been on campus to interview for the position.
Dumais joined the Union staff in 2011 after working as an assistant coach at Connecticut for four seasons. He played at Quinnipiac from 2002 to 2006. He served as acting head coach during head coach Rick Bennett’s four-game suspension for his role in the Mayor’s Cup postgame brawl against RPI. Union went 3-1 under Dumais’ guidance.
“I really feel for Joe,” Union head coach Rick Bennett said. “He had a legit chance of getting that head coaching position at Princeton. At the same token, I think you learn so much by going through the process and how far Joe got through the process says a lot about Joe as a potential head coach. Hopefully, it helps him in the future.”
Fogarty is familiar with ECAC Hockey. He played at Colgate from 1991-95, and started his coaching career with the Raiders in 1996. In 1999, he became an assistant coach at Clarkson and stayed there until 2002, when he joined the Bowling Green staff as an assistant coach.
He spent the last seven years as head coach of Division III Adrian (Mich.) College. At Adrian, Fogarty compiled a 167-23-10 record in seven years. The Bulldogs competed in the NCAA tournament four times in the last five years and were the national runner-up in 2010-11.